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Call for Papers: Race and Yoga Journal 4.1 (2019)

Call for Papers: Race and Yoga Journal 4.1 (2019)

Special Cluster Theme: Institutionalized Yoga


            The Race and Yoga editorial board is currently seeking articles, personal narratives, and creative works for the fourth issue of the journal themed “Institutionalized Yoga.”


Yoga is making its way outside the studio and proliferating in a variety of institutional contexts. Yoga programs are cropping up in schools, prisons, jails, and hospitals. Businesses from microbreweries to Fortune 500 are incorporating yoga and mindfulness practices into their business models.


But with the increasing presence of the practice comes new questions surrounding how and where it is being implemented. This issue of Race and Yoga journal invites critical interrogations of yoga in institutions. How are yoga practices being implemented in companies or major corporations? How is yoga being taught in schools or clinics? In prisons or jails? Who is being invited to teach and/or participate in these practices? How is harm being perpetuated or mitigated? Who or what benefits from the addition of yoga in these spaces?


Possible topics may include:


Yoga in Jails and Prisons

“Rewarding” Prisoners

Reframing Justice

Rehabilitating Prisoners or Prisons?

Humane Treatment?

Race and Gender Dynamics


Yoga in School

Who Teaches and Who Attends? (e.g. Race and Gender)

Yoga Secular/Non-Secular

Yoga Controversies


Yoga at Work

Yoga for Capitalism

Yoga for Productivity

For-Profit Mindfulness


Yoga in the Military

Disciplinary Regimes

Yoga and the Settler State




Aims and Scope


Race and Yoga is the first peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic journal committed to examinations of the history and practice of yoga in the West; the journal brings together critical yoga studies and critical race theory/ethnic studies to examine issues surrounding the history, racialization, sex(ualization), and inclusivity (or lack thereof) of the yoga community. Race and Yoga is published through The University of California Press’s e-scholarship division. Race and Yoga accepts original, unpublished manuscripts (no simultaneous submissions or previously published works) only.


Peer Review Policy


Race and Yoga editors vet each submission to ensure alignment with the journal’s scholarly goals. If selected, the submission is sent to two anonymous referees.


Submission Instructions


Article manuscripts should be limited to 8,000 words, including endnotes and references. Review essays should be limited to 4,000 words. Review essays may survey recently published literature, films, art exhibits, or popular culture related to the field. Papers should be left-justified and use a non-decorative font (e.g. Times New Roman). An abstract that does not to exceed 250 words should be included. For endnote and reference formatting, follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (author-date style). Papers that do not adhere to submission guidelines will be returned to the author for revision.


Personal narratives should be 2,000-3,000 words.


Upload your abstract, manuscript, and 150 word bio (as the supplementary file) to:


Please send all inquires to


CFP link:


DEADLINE: January 15, 2019